Hello Friends and Neighbors, and Happy Spring! We are beginning the third month of the legislative session, and it has been busy! I have been hard at work with my colleagues on state-wide issues including transportation and revenue. I have also successfully passed a few of my personal bills. A few of note, include Voter Pre-Registration, Gambling Addiction Hardship Permits, and a pair of bills which give resources to victims of sex trafficking. Read more …
Wayne Morse was one of the most prolific statesmen to ever serve Oregon. He had earned a number of nicknames during his time, including the “Tiger of the Senate.” In 1944, Morse won his first election to become one of Oregon’s senators, and he served until 1968. On Friday, April 28th, we will honor his legacy at the 8th Annual Wayne Morse Gala. Continue reading
From Candy Emmons at the DPO:
Hello Community Leaders,
The Democratic Party of Oregon is seeking a highly qualified Full-Time Constituency Organizing Coordinator to join our team. The job announcement is linked below, please share with any interested parties that you think would be a good fit!
Thank you for all that you do!
By Peter Nordbye
Chair Jeanne Atkins
Oregon Democrats have new leaders today. State Central Committee (SCC) delegates elected four first-timers to positions for the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) at the annual reorganization meeting in Salem. (None of the incumbents sought re-election.)
Jeanne Atkins was elected state party chair. Chair Atkins recently served two years after being appointed to complete the Secretary of State term of Governor Kate Brown. The new chair brings a wealth of experience to the position including serving as chief of staff for Senator Jeff Merkley, staff attorney for the Women’s Equity Action League, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood and other positions.
Chair Atkins, who defeated Larry Taylor, promises to bring unity to the party by listening closely, being honest in communications, and empowering others. Continue reading
Clackamas Democrats last month endorsed the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would make the Electoral College powerless, as embodied in Oregon House Bill 2731. However, one of our members, Jerry Spriggs, of West Linn, was unable to attend. This is unfortunate because five years ago he wrote a book on an alternative method of electing a president called Equal Voice Voting. In the interest of full exchange of ideas, we are carrying an essay he wrote on the alternative method. Note: This is for discussion purposes only as the Central Committee has already taken a position and conveyed that to the media and appropriate legislators. –Ed.
Equal Voice Voting
By Jerry Spriggs
The recent election has caused many to criticize the Electoral College and to entertain thoughts about how it could be replaced or modified. Some say it is antiquated. The recent results seem to prove that it does not reflect the will of the people since Trump won the election without winning the popular vote. But is that all that matters? Continue reading
County citizens and other Oregonians pay about three times as much in individual state taxes as they did 25 years ago. Business pays one-third of it. Back then business paid two-thirds. Now it’s upside-down.
In fact, only two states tax businesses less than Oregon — Alaska and Maryland. That’s the news legislators learned this week from a non-partisan study.
Legislators are wrestling with a $1.8 billion shortfall this year, which would’ve been met had Measure 97 passed in November. It would’ve practically reversed the business vs. citizen tax ratio.
Here’s the full story with charts and the whole works from Oregon Live. And some responsible solutions from the Oregon Center for Public Policy.